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The wedding reception is where the party really starts. It’s where you and your guests will celebrate your “I dos” with drinking, dancing, mixing and mingling. Find out how to choose the best venue for you, how to decorate it, and of course, how to choose the menu.



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To have or to not have hors d'oeuvres
Andrea, On May 10, 2022 at 15:19

Having mixed thoughts as to have hors d'oeuvres or not reception is planned to start at 5pm so dinner probably by 6:15pm any suggestions?

Hank, wednesday 11-May-22 8 56
Cutting the cake
Rayanne, Yesterday at 18:34

The cutting of the cake symbolizing the first thing you do together as a married couple. Are you including this tradition? I feel like there is a certain degree of trust involved with this one. I have...

Rayanne, 3 hours ago 10 39
Cake and dessert?
Stefanie, On July 10, 2021 at 12:27

If your having wedding cake are you having dessert to?! Trying to decide if we need dessert as well.

Derek, 3 hours ago 32 426
Cake or cupcakes ??
Amanda, On September 16, 2021 at 10:37

I can’t find a reason to spend tons of money on a wedding cake , are pull apart cupcake cakes tacky??

Derek, 3 hours ago 16 186
Receiving line
Marsha, On May 18, 2022 at 16:32

I am planning out my timeline for the day for our wedding. I don't know if we have allocated time for a receiving line. We take our pictures from 5:30 until about 7pm while they are having a cocktail...

Danielle, yesterday at 20:25 7 61
Wedding favours
Meghan, On April 26, 2022 at 16:45

What is everyone doing/do for wedding favours? I was thinking cookies but would love some other options that are budget friendly! TIA

Marsha, wednesday 18-May-22 26 181
Emily, On May 13, 2022 at 17:52

Hello, does anyone know of any vendors who could help me with centerpieces for my reception tables? I tried searching centerpieces and it came up empty. I also tried searching through wedding favour...

Danielle, monday 16-May-22 3 53
Cake tasting
Lindsay, On November 5, 2021 at 14:37

Hi everyone I have a question, Is it common to have a comped cake tasting if we are buying the cake from that company? I am doing some research and this one company is changing $80 for a cake...

Tom, sunday 15-May-22 5 74
Cake or Cupcakes?
Emma, On June 8, 2021 at 14:17

Our off-site caterers cannot accommodate cake cutting later in the evening and will be taking the cutlery and plates, obviously. Is it normal to cut the cake immediately after dinner? I'm thinking an...

Tom, sunday 15-May-22 12 193
Cake Flavors, Tiers & Design
Amanda, On October 17, 2021 at 14:43

Hey Everyone! One of the most fun and tasty parts of wedding planning is cake tasting! But it can be a real challenge to narrow down all the delicious choices. How many flavors are in your wedding...

Tom, sunday 15-May-22 14 134
Thoughts on Maid of Honour Speech
Jenna, On May 6, 2022 at 09:08

So, I was supposed to get married two years ago but due to covid we postponed to have the wedding we dreamed of. Well, here we are trying to plan that dream wedding and my maid of honour backs out...

Emily, friday 13-May-22 13 107
dj Service offering pre-mixed playlists (i.e. no human)?
Andrew, On May 12, 2022 at 11:20

We scraped our pennies to get live entertainment, but no DJ is included. We can't really afford to add a DJ too, so I'm wondering if, rather than an amateur Spotify playlist, if anyone has come across...

Hank, friday 13-May-22 4 50
Grand Entrances
Rebecca, On May 12, 2022 at 20:45

So i'm getting married in 3 weeks. And il not sure how the Grand Entrances work. I have both sets of parents, moh, bestman, and bridesmaid doing and entrance. So my question is where are they before...

Rebecca, friday 13-May-22 5 73
First dance - before or after food?
Jenny, On April 17, 2022 at 10:12

So I’m working on my wedding timeline and my mom and I are disagreeing on this so I’d love some additional input - I want the first dance before the food (with father/daughter and mother/son dances...

Danielle, friday 13-May-22 23 212 1
Tipping Vendors
Stephanie, On May 2, 2022 at 12:24

So my wedding is coming up and I'm just wondering which vendors do you tip? I know I am tipping my transportation and hair and make up team but who else should I tip? DJ? Photographers? Florist?...

Abbie, thursday 12-May-22 4 224 1
Mother/groom father/bride dances
KELLY, On March 2, 2022 at 15:45

Hey folks! This subject has been weighing heavily on my mind since we started planning our wedding. My FHs parents are both deceased as is my mother. Should I still have a father/daughter dance? It's...

Carine, thursday 5-May-22 13 196
Seating Chart
Meghan, On April 19, 2022 at 10:08

Is anyone not doing a seating chart? We are doing a buffet style dinner but do have assigned seating (obviously getting seating cards) but wondering if its necessary to have a seating chart as well,...

Luanne, tuesday 3-May-22 25 192
Dance invites?
Kelsey, On April 29, 2022 at 13:01

We are extending "dance invitations" to some people (so they basically attend after dinner etc when the dance activity starts, after 8pm etc). Would you put a please rsvp to xyz info on these dance...

Kelsey, friday 29-Apr-22 2 114
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Cupcake Numbers!
Rebecca O, On April 24, 2022 at 19:10

Hello everyone! We are getting married in May and we will be doing cupcakes instead of cake for our guests! We aren't sure how many order since we don't want a whole lot left over. Friends of ours did...

Rebecca O, monday 25-Apr-22 9 67 1
Candles - Real or Flameless?
Erinn, On April 21, 2022 at 17:10

Hey Ladies! For my centrepieces I am planning to use 3 different sizes of pillar candles in cylinder vases. I was looking on "Yummi Candes" and they have beautiful sets, but the price point after...

Erinn, monday 25-Apr-22 12 173
Worries about wedding reception
Jokat, On April 20, 2022 at 10:49

We are about 2 months out from our wedding. Since we started planning, we envisioned having a small, intimate wedding with our family and close friends- guest list is around 55-60- we are having a...

Kelsey, sunday 24-Apr-22 6 108
Country, R&B, Classic Rock, or Pop?! What genre is your first dance song?!
Amanda, On April 19, 2022 at 21:28

Golden oldies and crooning country ballads seem to dominate the dance floor!! What kind of song did you pick for your first dance? A sultry slow jam? A Motown favorite that lets you show off your...

Daily, sunday 24-Apr-22 23 107
Head Table
Stacey, On February 5, 2022 at 15:52

Just need some thoughts on the head table at our wedding. Was thinking of just having myself and my "soon to be" husband at the head table. Smaller wedding of only 90 people. What is everyone else...

Stephanie, tuesday 19-Apr-22 24 229
Seating Plan and Vendors?
Jordan, On April 19, 2022 at 11:09

Where are you placing your vendors during the reception? I believe we only have our photographer and our coordinator. I think our DJ will be sitting at his DJ booth but if not he will need a seat. We...

Hank, tuesday 19-Apr-22 7 69 1
Liberty, On March 28, 2022 at 22:14

How many desserts will you be having at your wedding? Just cake?Just 1 dessert? A dessert table?We are opting for a dessert table because I LOVE DESSERT and I want to be able to have all my...

Nelly+Raquel, tuesday 19-Apr-22 31 142
First dance songs!
Sheila, On February 14, 2022 at 15:07

Hey Ladies! I'm curious if all you 2022 brides have chosen you first dance song yet! I'm listening to playlists of the most beautiful music, and now I'm curious what other have chosen. Also share your...

Nelly+Raquel, tuesday 19-Apr-22 23 222
How Much Food?
Hank, On March 30, 2022 at 15:41

How many choices did you get to try at your tasting? How many options are you giving your guests? What appetizers are you having for cocktail hour? How many courses are you serving for dinner? We...

Melissa, monday 18-Apr-22 19 208 1
Wedding Favours
Hank, On December 14, 2021 at 16:01

What are you planning to give as a wedding favour if you're having them? For us, we made our own beer at a brewery and bottled it as an individual serving. We were able to pick from different types of...

Stephanie, monday 18-Apr-22 15 139 1
Afternoon wedding reception
Colin, On March 19, 2022 at 16:31

My fiancée & I are planning to have an afternoon wedding reception in 2023. I am wondering what people’s experiences have been with afternoon receptions? Has anyone planned an afternoon reception...

Stephanie, monday 18-Apr-22 4 66
Limited bar or open bar?
Emilie, On October 10, 2016 at 05:18

Hey future newlyweds A party with or without alcohol is still a party... but how much will you actually invest in your guests' drinking... that's another question How much alcohol will be served at...

Nelly+Raquel, sunday 17-Apr-22 53 1,416
How will you decorate for your big day?
Emilie, On October 10, 2016 at 05:18

Hey lovely brides and grooms We all know that decorations can make your budget vary quite a lot... How will you decorate for your big day? A. I don't need any decoration B. Most of my decorations will...

Nelly+Raquel, sunday 17-Apr-22 28 267
What style of wedding do you dream about?
Rayanne, On April 11, 2022 at 20:43

I found that once I started planning that there are so many styles to weddings. Glamorous, rustic, chic, romantic, bohemian, many choices it can really get overwhelming. We have always...

Rayanne, sunday 17-Apr-22 16 102


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